UNISON believes professional standards are a key tool in raising the professional status of school support staff. UNISON has played a key role in developing professional standards for teaching assistants, catering staff and school business professionals. Unlike the professional standards for teachers, the standards have no legal backing, but we believe that they help define roles and purposes. This in turn will help ensure that schools can provide the best possible experience for pupils. Use the links below to find more details on the professional standards in different areas of work.